I’m an ecologist with a passion to unravel the effect of our changing climate on ecosystem properties, biosphere-atmosphere interactions and vegetation health. For my predominantly experimental research projects, I utilize observations from micro-meteorological stations and from terrestrial and airborne remote sensing, and complement these with a suite of ground-based sensor networks, such as terrestrial LiDAR scanners, sap flow sensors, dendrometers and repeated vegetation inventories. I have worked across a large range of ecosystems, from urban grasslands to prairies, and from deciduous to evergreen broadleaf forests, which fuels my drive to find commonalities among these contrasting ecosystems through synthesis studies.
I was introduced to flux research during an internship at the USGS while doing my Masters in Physical Geography at the University of Bonn, Germany. I then moved to Australia to complete my dissertation on ‘New approaches to investigate growth dynamics in forests’ at the University of Melbourne. Since then I worked as a postdoc in biosphere-atmosphere flux ecology with Elise Pendall at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University. I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow in RPAS-based remote sensing, and am working with Matthias Boer at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment on incorporating remotely piloted aircraft systems to disentangle changes in ecosystem properties and functioning following biotic and abiotic disturbances.